Sept. 16, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
A new horror-themed escape room opened in Long Island City last week, aptly on Friday the 13th.
The ESScape Experience, located at 24-11 41st Ave., is owned and operated by a husband-and-wife duo who own several businesses in the Queens Plaza area.
The escape room currently features one escape scenario, entitled The Real Kitchen Nightmare, according to Radzyminski. He said that guests have to work their way through six different rooms, ranging from easy to difficult and from timid to terrifying, in order to escape.
The escape room is designed for groups of two to six people and groups have one hour to escape.
Sessions are available seven days a week between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. and cost between $100 and $180 depending on the size of the group.
Radzyminski described himself and his wife as “do it yourselfers” and said that together they built the escape room in its entirety.
The escape room was opened by State Sen. Mike Gianaris who praised Radzyminski and Lemieux’s contribution to the LIC community.
“Western Queens is home to a thriving small business community and I am excited to welcome the ESScape Experience to the neighborhood,” Gianaris said. “Melanie and Kyle are dynamic local entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in our community and I am always proud to support the good work people do in our community.”
Lemieux, meanwhile, said that the support of the LIC community was pivotal to their success. She said that opening an escape room, or any of the couple’s other ventures, would not have been possible without the backing of LIC residents.